Ellen is a faithful Christian woman, wife, and mother. Ellen is also same-sex attracted. While growing up in a Christian home, Ellen and her family had to navigate the nuances of her sexual orientation. Ellen is married to the love of her life, Paul, and together, they also have to navigate the unique realities of her sexual orientation and her past as a lesbian. Ellen has a BA in Interpersonal Communication from East Carolina University and an MA in Counseling from Harding School of Theology. For over 10 years she has walked alongside individuals as they navigate the joys and difficulties of striving for sexual purity as outlined by the historically Christian perspective of the biblical sexual ethic. For over 6 years Ellen has served on the volunteer staff of Strength in Weakness, an organization that strives to bridge the gap between the LGBTQ+ community and God’s church through awareness, education, and support. Ellen has helped countless individuals and families navigate the tender topics of sexual identity and gender identity.
*Editor’s Note: The previous articles in our series “On Gender and the Bible” have asked what the Bible says about God’s purposes for creating men and women and how those purposes can be lived out in the church and home. This is Part 11 in our series exploring what the Bible says about gender. Here […]